Songbird, the unbeaten daughter of Medaglia d'Oro, is the morning-line favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) for a reason.
Team O'Neill pulled off a deep closing drive to clinch Santa Anita Park's fall meet training title Oct. 25, bypassing Jerry Hollendorfer in the final race on the final day of the month-long meeting.
Although he's yet to win on the Southern California sprint circuit this season, Kobe's Back is heading to Keeneland for the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) for good reason.
Under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith just as the sun peeked over the horizon, 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) contender Songbird breezed four furlongs in :47 2/5.
Unbeaten Songbird, the likely favorite in upcoming Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Keeneland, worked six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Oct. 18 under regular rider Mike Smith.
Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind put in a seven-furlong breeze Oct. 17 at Santa Anita Park, covering the distance in 1:27 1/5 in her penultimate drill in preparation for the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Fox Hill Farm's Songbird continued her winning ways in style Sept. 26, drawing clear by 4 1/2 lengths in the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park to build a 3-for-3 record.
Shared Belief, who has not raced since suffering a non-displaced hip fracture in the Charles Town Classic April 18, is in training with expectations that he could return to the races at Santa Anita Park's winter meet.
Co-owner Jim Rome said on Twitter Sept. 21 that Shared Belief, who hasn't raced since April, is officially back in training.
The finish line came just in time for Super Majesty, who won $100,000 Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies over fast-finishing Chide Sept. 19 on the "Downs After Dark" card at Churchill Downs.
A full field of 12 3-year-old fillies will seek their first graded stakes victory late in the evening of Sept. 19 in the $100,000 Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Del Mar raced to a close of its 76th summer season on Labor Day, completing a 40-day meet that saw total handle figures rise by nearly 10% thanks to four additional race days.
The second fall Thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos that begins Thursday, Sept. 10, will be highlighted by the $100,000 Barretts Debutante for 2-year-old fillies and the $100,000 Barretts Juvenile for 2-year-old males.
Fox Hill Farm's Songbird upstaged the West Coast's best 2-year-old fillies with a commanding victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) Sept. 5.
Bob Baffert-trained Pretty N Cool will draw more than enough attention in the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (gr. I), but the daughter of Scat Daddy will face a group of talented and diverse challengers Sept. 5.
Grade III winner Fury Kapcori has been retired from racing and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud in Ocala, Fla.
Retired trainer Jerry Dutton, a mainstay among California horsemen for decades, died July 30 at the age 87, the Del Mar publicity department announced.
Wild Dude played the role of upsetter in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar July 26, wearing down heavy favorite Masochistic late to win by 1 1/4 lengths.
A slew of graded stakes winners recorded timed workouts July 22 at Del Mar, highlighted by Spendthrift Farm's two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder.
Trying two turns for the first time proved perilous for Fox Hill Farms' Kentuckian, as Gimme Da Lute stalked and held off oncoming Prospect Park by a nose to win the $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby July 4.
For the second year in a row, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer appears to have an overwhelming favorite in the $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II) July 4 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Under the tutelage of trainer Ron Ellis, Masochistic will try the top level of competition in the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes (gr. I) June 27 at Santa Anita Park.
The second summer Thoroughbred meeting at Los Alamitos Race Course begins July 2. The eight-day meet will continue through July 12, with racing conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis. Post time will be 2:15 p.m. PT.
If Firing Line is ready for a return in the Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II) July 4, he may run into a familiar rival in Kaleem Shah's Dortmund.
G. G. Ryder stormed to the lead in the final sixteenth and won the $100,000 All American Stakes (gr. III) from stablemate Outside Nashville May 25 at Golden Gate Fields.
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line was out on the track May 23 at Santa Anita Park for his first gallop since a troubled run in the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Five Palms, a lightly raced 5-year-old trained by Bob Baffert, will make his first trip into stakes waters in the $100,000 Los Angeles Stakes (gr. III) May 25 at Santa Anita Park.
Summer Hit will try to win the $100,000 All American Stakes (gr. III) for the third consecutive year May 25 at Golden Gate Fields.
With a clean trip, Fox Hill Farms' Kentuckian showed his unquestioned talent to win the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (gr. III) in commanding fashion May 10 at Santa Anita Park.
Speed was paramount for Hronis Racing's Yiannis in his win over a talented group 3-year-olds in the San Pedro Stakes April 12, and he'll face another field of spry sophomores in the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (gr. III).
Fury Kapcori will look to repeat his success in the $100,000 Precisionist Stakes (gr. III) April 30 at Santa Anita Park.
G. G. Ryder overhauled stablemate pacesetter Summer Hit in the closing strides and won the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) April 25 at Golden Gate Fields.
The 4-year-old Candy Ride gelding is back at his home base of Golden Gate Fields and is expected to be sidelined 60 to 90 days according to Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
Uzziel won't have to face off against standout recent opponents Beholder or Warren's Veneda in the $100,000 Wilshire Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 26 at Santa Anita Park, but the she will have to take on another familiar rival.
Alex Paszkeicz's Pepper Crown and John Carver & Jerry Hollendorfer's Summer Hit will renew their rivalry in another one of Golden Gate Fields' premier stakes April 25, the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT).
Mike Smith likely saved multiple grade I winner Shared Belief from additional injury by pulling him up in the April 18 Charles Town Classic (gr. II), as diagnostic work revealed a non-displaced fracture of his right hip.
Jockey Rafael Bejarano and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer ranked atop the respective jockey and trainer standings when Santa Anita Park concluded is 68-day winter meet April 19.
Shared Belief will undergo a nuclear scan April 19, said Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
Multiple grade I winner Shared Belief failed to finish April 18 in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II), eased by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith as Southern Stables' Moreno took the 1 1/8-mile test at Charles Town.
Eight foes will line up to take a shot at Shared Belief, arguably the top older horse in North America, in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 18 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Cross the Line will try to secure his first graded stakes win when he faces an expected eight other 3-year-olds in the Illinois Derby (gr. III) April 15 at Hawthorne Race Course.
Shared Belief, winner of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in his last start, turned in his final workout April 14 in preparation for the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 18.
The Big Beast, a ginormous long-striding runner with a penchant for peppermints, will return to the big leagues April 4 in the $400,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Of the 116 other horses nominated for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4, only five have been entered to take on undefeated Dortmund in the West Coast's final Triple Crown prep.
Shared Belief will make his first start outside of California in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 18, co-owner Jim Rome said March 25.
The $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) is now on the radar as a next possible start for champion Shared Belief.
Shared Belief will likely look toward the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) April 11 for his next race, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said March 8, a day after a dominating win in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).
While Shared Belief was still in the paddock before the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 7, about 350 miles north, another Jerry Hollendorfer protege was emerging.
Wild Dude may not have fired his best shot against Conquest Two Step last time out, but he did so in the $250,000 San Carlos Stakes March 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Shared Belief did what was expected of him in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 7, blowing an overmatched group of horses away with ease.
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